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Durham University

Institute of Advanced Study

Past Events

Human Scale: either end of the SCALE1

24th February 2017, 19:30, Department of Music, Palace Green, Concert performed by Lore Lixenberg and Ives Ensemble

Lore Lixenberg (mezzo-soprano)

Ives Ensemble

Programme: Oliver Christophe Leith – new work (commissioned by MUSICON)
Bernd Alois ZimmermannVier kurze Studien
Igor StravinskyTrois pièces pour quatuor à cordes
Morton FeldmanThree Voices

The first evening in “either end of the SCALE” features the amazing vocal phenomenon that is Lore Lixenberg, singing together with herself and herself in the breathtakingly beautiful hour of Morton Feldman’s Three Voices. Written for Joan LaBarbara in 1982, and based on the poem Wind by the American poet Frank O’Hara, the work is an elegy for absent friends. As the composer puts it: “One of my closest friends, the painter Philip Guston, had just died; Frank O’Hara had died several years before. I saw the piece with Joan in front and these two loudspeakers behind her. There is something kind of tombstoney about the look of loudspeakers. I thought of the piece as an exchange of the live voice with the dead ones – a mixture of the living and the dead”.

  • Tickets: £10, Students £4, Under 18s £1 Festival passe-partout: £25, students £10 Box Office: Department of Music, Durham Tel: 0191 33 43140 Or online at:

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